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How To Stop Smelly Feet – Prevent Foot And Shoe Odor

Eliminate Foot Odor Naturally

Sweaty feet is an issue that spans all age groups. It is normal for the feet of some children and adults to perspire more than others. The issues come when excessive foot perspiration is in place since it can create foot and shoe discomfort.  Wearing footwear with no breath-ability, tight fitting shoes, and wearing the wrong type of socks are three main causes for this excessive foot perspiration.

Parents should avoid buying low quality shoes made out of plastic, rubber or polyurethane. Investing in a good quality pair of shoes with breathable materials such as leather, cloth, canvas or newer mesh materials is highly recommended! I will show you what steps to take if your child is suffering from sweaty feet, and the most effective way to get rid of it!

I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 5 years now, and we specialize in children that have foot or leg problems. Some of these issues involve flat feet, pronation, or knock knees. We see hundreds of children a day and we are experts in what we do. I decided to create a post on how to stop smelly feet because a lot of parents ask me this exact same question at the children’s shoe store that I work for.

In order to solve your kids’ foot odor issue, we MUST first identify where is it coming from. In this article I will describe how to stop smelly feet.

Is Moisture On My Child’s Foot Causing His Feet To Smell?

Moisture on the foot can create several problems, such as blisters, the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and fungus, such as athlete’s foot.  You should ALWAYS switch your children’s shoes and socks if they get wet as soon as possible. Avoid buying synthetic socks since they do not absorb any moisture or allow the foot to breathe properly.

You will notice that a lot of socks have some percentage of  synthetic fiber in them and that is not the end of the world, but I always advise against synthetic materials if your feet tend to sweat a lot. The fibers that absorb the most moisture are wool and merino. 

I created a post where I explain the importance that socks play in keeping your kids’ feet healthy. The post also explains how to make sure you are getting the right sock size and what are the best socks for sweaty feet.

The post is called:

The Best Socks for Kids With Sweaty Feet – PREVENT Your Kids Feet From Smelling!

Eliminate Smelly Feet

Why Are Socks Important To Prevent Smelly Feet?

Socks act as a barrier against irritation and infection, and they play a key role in a healthy foot for children and adults. If your child is dealing with sweaty, smelly feet (you can tell by the smell or by checking if his/her socks feel damp after they come back from school), start by talking a look at the fabric content of the sock.

Make sure the socks are made out of high quality materials, such as cotton and nylon. Cotton allows the foot to breathe while the nylon gives strength and shape to the sock. These combination will wick away the moisture. Wool is also an excellent fiber since it allows the foot to breathe and it wicks the moisture away.

Stop Sweaty Feet – Your Child Can Develop Serious Foot Issues!

Did you know that excessive sweating can create serious problems to your kids’ feet?

When our kids’ feet sweat excessively it can lead to secondary infections and several skin problems to their feet.

Some of these complications include:

  • The constant moisture in our feet makes them more vulnerable since the skin might become wrinkled and cracked, which can cause the feet to become tender and painful.
  • The feet becomes itchy which is often caused by athlete’s foot.
  • Blisters might start appearing, since sore skin leads to blisters.
  • Fungal infections.
  • Social and emotional effects such as stress. Sweaty, smelly feet can easily  cause embarrassing situations to your child.

Here are some guidelines on how to prevent sweaty feet:

  • Wear socks that absorb moisture such as wool and merino socks.
  • High quality socks with high percentage of cotton and nylon is also recommended.
  • Wear quality footwear with breathable materials such as leather, cloth, canvas or newer mesh materials.
  • Wear the right shoe size  and avoid tight fitting shoes.
  • Wash and dry your feet everyday.
  • Change your kids’ socks as soon as they start feeling wet.

I am a firm believer that the type of shoes and socks that we choose for our children WILL have a direct impact on how sweaty their feet are and how bad their feet smell. It is important to choose shoes with breathable materials in order for our kids’ feet to breathe properly.

I wrote a post where I describe the best shoes for a child that has sweaty, smelly feet. The post describes the most breathable children’ shoes that are also machine washable. The name of the post is:

The Best Shoes For Sweaty Feet – The Proven Method To Stop Kids Feet From Sweating

Wearing the correct type of socks and shoes is the best way to significantly reduce or fully eliminate foot odor.

Now, some children might be wearing the correct pair of breathable shoes with the correct type of sock. If this is the case with your child, then I will show you a product that has proven to reduce, and in some cases completely eliminate foot odor and smelly feet.

What Is The Best Product For Sweaty, Smelly Feet?

There is a Natural Shoe Deodorizer that we sell at the store that has work wonders for parents and children that have smelly feet. The deodorant fights foot odor and deodorizes shoes by eliminating bad odor caused by sweat and bacteria. It works in all types of sports shoes and sneakers.

The product is made of essential oils of mint, eucalyptus, tea tree and thyme. We have carried many different products that fight foot and shoe odors and none of them have come even close to the success of this product. This foot spray is the best solution to your kids’ sweaty, smelly feet!

Parents have tried this product and said that they used it for their kids shoes, and also their own! The product works wonders!

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WARNING: The Importance Of Preventing Sweaty Feet!

Children feet are always on the move and bacteria thrive because of it. That’s why proper foot odor control starts with helping your children wash their feet thoroughly. Make an effort to keep your little ones feet as dry and clean as possible. Switch his/her socks twice a day if they are damp. Buy properly fitted shoes with breathable materials in order to provide proper air circulation to avoid bacteria to growth.

REMEMBER: Sweaty feet can create several problems to your child’s foot! Now that you know how to prevent it, attack the problem!

Is your child suffering from sweaty, smelly feet? Have you found a particular shoe or product to get rid of the problem? Please share your thoughts and experiences so we can all benefit from them!

I will continue to post informative articles penned by me that address important topics such as this one.


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12 Comments on How To Stop Smelly Feet – Prevent Foot And Shoe Odor

  1. haha this is such a good idea. I remember one of my friends came over and when he took off his shoes, I couldn’t breathe at all!!!! lol but the thing is I couldn’t tell him that he smelt so bad haha
    maybe i should give it to him as his brithday gift

    • Hayden,

      This product sounds like the perfect birthday gift for your friend. Smelly feet can be embarrassing to some people and hopefully he will find a way to prevent it or reduce it.

  2. My girlfriend constantly complain about the smell of my shoes… to be completly honest… I just doesn´t smell it LOL
    But this tips will help me a lot to at least stop her complaining, haha.
    Let me ask you something… do you know about some brands to buy good socks to prevent smell?

    • Kevin,

      It has happened to me as well, but it wasn’t my girlfriend who warned me, it was my mother. I actually created a review about the best adult socks that describes the features to look when purchasing socks and how they can prevent our feet from smelling. You can check it out here: Adult Socks.

  3. Hey, I tell you something that has worked quite well for me to reduce foot odour. I have started using that natural crystal deodorant directly on my feet. I have been using it on my armpits for years, but only a few months ago did I think to put it on my feet. So what I do is after I have had my shower and got dressed, I wet the end of the crystal deodorant stick and then sit down and wipe it all around my feet. Then I put my socks on and go about my day. My feet are far less smelly when I do that. Have you tried it?

    • Marcus,

      Great advise that hopefully a lot of people will benefit from. I have not tried your method, since once I started using the Natural Shoe Deodorizer it has freshen my feet and eliminated bad odors caused by sweat and bacteria. I was very excited to find this product, it really works!

  4. Great post. There are a couple of culprits in our house with smelly feet so the Natural Shoe Deodorizer is going to be perfect for us. I don’t normally suffer from smelly feet myself but I do have an old pair of slippers that I am really fond of that are starting to smell. Any idea how I might prolong the life of these without having to throw them out?

    • It will really depend on what type of slippers you have, and the material they are made of in order to know if they are machine washable. I use the shoe deodorizer in most footwear and it has done wonders. I would advise you to try it, and if you do, get backat me telling me how it worked.

  5. I can see where I’m going to have to change some of my habits for footwear, first thing is buying good quality shoes and also buying moisture absorbing sock like merino or wool, I always thought heavy socks would be worse. Like they say you learn something new every day.

    • Wayne,

      I am glad you learned something new. You have the right concept, good quality shoes and moisture absorbing socks will definitely reduce most of the odor. However, if after trying that the smell persists, I would advise you try the shoe deodorizer.

  6. Hi there, any advice on how to prevent my daughter’s shoes insoles from getting so smelly? They are specially made for her flat feet so i dont want to ruin them by over washing but her feet are really starting to smell probably because the insoles are absorbing sweat etc. Should she wear socks with insoles and shoes all together?

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